A Light in the Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick

Freed slave Letitia holds onto her papers as if they were her very life. But they can’t save her from everything.

Letitia has recently been freed by her owner before he died, but other members of his family can’t seem to get it through their heads. As they set out to head west, Letitia starts to make the journey with them, helping with the children while being fed and cared for on the journey. But she can’t bring herself to go, so she turns to the only man who treats her like a human being, Irishman Davey Carson. Davey and Letitia come to an arrangement, and he soon lets her know of his plans to head west also. Because a black woman, free or not, cannot be married, they say their vows before God, and head on a grand adventure!

As they travel, they experience friendship, heartbreak, joy, trial, hunger and plenty. 

As I read this novel, based on a true story, I was so heartbroken at all she had to endure. Sure, she was free. But some states still didn’t recognize blacks as anything other than property. This was an eye-opening story of tragedy, fighting for what is right, and faith that only God provides.

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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